Affirmative Programs Office: Sexual Harassment Training- Hostile Environment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Michigan Technological University Statement Rating: Yellow

Relevant excerpt

Hostile Environment occurs when unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive employment, service, or educational environment or is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity.

Conditions could include:

  • Offensive language
  • Sexually offensive signs, cartoons, calendars
  • Displaying sexually explicit pictures on computer screen
  • Repeated requests for dates
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Using terms like “babe,” “hottie,” “doll,” or “gay”
  • Unwanted email or letters that are sexual in nature
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, or massages
  • Bashing due to sexual orientation – either verbal confrontation, physical violence

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